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The month of March is marked as a time to celebrate women’s history in America, and for many, Jewel Thais-Williams is an important figure in that history.

She’s the founder of the legendary Los Angeles night club - the Catch One. For 42 years, the Catch was a place where politicians and everyday people of all colors, cultures and backgrounds could come together and dance the night away – and more importantly, be accepted.

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North Carolina has repealed portions of the state's controversial "bathroom bill," including the requirement that trans people use the bathroom that matches their birth certificate, member station WUNC reports.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said he has signed the repeal measure, which he said is "not perfect" but is "an important step forward."

In a reversal, the Supreme Court will not decide Gavin Grimm's lawsuit over a school policy that requires students to use the bathroom corresponding to their biological sex. The court was scheduled to hear the case this month.

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The bill Republican state Rep. Jesse Kremer says he will likely re-introduce would require Wisconsin public school students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. that correspond with their birth gender.

He made his statement on the same day President Trump rescinded federal guidelines from the Obama administration that encouraged public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

The Trump administration is rescinding protections for transgender students in public schools.

The move by the Justice and Education departments reverses guidance the Obama administration publicized in May 2016, which said a federal law known as Title IX protects the right of transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.

Wisconsin LGBT History Project

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For decades, LGBT culture was – out of necessity - hidden and unspoken of in daylight. But three-quarters of a century has brought a lot of social change in America.

For a smaller industrial city with German roots, you may not have expected Milwaukee to be a spot for gay and lesbian culture to thrive; but it did.

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In recent years, transgender people have gained more visibility in the public sphere. Celebrities like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner have shined light on transgender narratives. Still, the trans community is disproportionately targeted for abuse and violence.

Now, LGBTQ groups from around Milwaukee are coming together to celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance at Greene Hall at UWM, Thursday, November 17. 

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Twenty-eight years ago today, hundreds of people marched on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was also the first observance of what became known as National Coming Out Day. For many LGBTQ Americans, the power of coming out is one of the most basic tools for visibility.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, one out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian.The number drops to 1 in 10 Americans who have a transgender person close to them.

Months after the Obama administration advised school districts that transgender students should be given access to bathrooms based on their gender identity, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the guidance from going into effect — for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has granted a preliminary, nationwide injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and a number of other states.

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Small businesses are a vital part of Wisconsin's and the nation's economies. When these businesses struggle, it often portends deeper issues for the economy at large.

Access to tools and networking needed to start and grow your own business can be difficult to attain without the proper resources.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter says the military is lifting a ban on transgender service members.

"Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender," he told reporters today at the Pentagon.

The fundamental reason for the change, Carter said, is "that the Defense Department and the military need to avail ourselves of all talent possible in order to remain what we are now – the finest fighting force the world has ever known."

President Obama is designating a new national monument around the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

The Stonewall National Monument in New York City will be the first addition to the National Park System specifically highlighting the history of the LGBT community.

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The Obama administration has told public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom and locker room matching their gender identify, a directive that Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel calls a "power grab" that the state will not tolerate.

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The Obama administration is taking a stance in the debate over rights for transgender people.   ­

On Friday, the federal departments of Education and Justice released guidance to public schools. They say transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity.

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UW-Milwaukee's Speech and Language Clinic helps transgender people literally find their voice.

For more than 40 years, Danielle says she felt like a prisoner trapped in the wrong body. “By society’s terms, I’m a transgender, but I consider myself a woman with a birth defect,” she says.

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